Jackson – Convert Java Object to JSON Example

1. Introduction

Jackson is one of the most popular Java libraries for converting Java objects to JSON and vice versa. This guide will demonstrate how to use Jackson to convert a Java object into its JSON representation.

2. Example Steps

1. Add the Jackson library dependencies to your project.

2. Create a sample Java object that you want to convert to JSON.

3. Use Jackson's ObjectMapper class to serialize the Java object into a JSON string.

4. Output the resultant JSON to the console.

3. Convert Java Object to JSON Example

import com.fasterxml.jackson.core.JsonProcessingException;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.ObjectMapper;

public class JacksonObjectToJsonExample {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Sample Java object.
        Person person = new Person("Alice", "Smith", 25);

        try {
            // Initialize ObjectMapper instance.
            ObjectMapper objectMapper = new ObjectMapper();

            // Convert Java object to JSON string.
            String jsonString = objectMapper.writeValueAsString(person);

            // Print out the JSON string.
        } catch (JsonProcessingException e) {

    static class Person {
        private String firstName;
        private String lastName;
        private int age;

        public Person(String firstName, String lastName, int age) {
            this.firstName = firstName;
            this.lastName = lastName;
            this.age = age;

        // Standard getters, setters, and other methods...



4. Step By Step Explanation

1. The program begins by defining a straightforward Java Person class with attributes like firstName, lastName, and age.

2. We then initialize Jackson's ObjectMapper, which handles the conversion between Java objects and JSON.

3. The writeValueAsString method on the ObjectMapper instance is used to serialize our Person object into a JSON string.

4. We then output the JSON string to the console. This demonstrates that our Java object has been successfully converted to its JSON representation using Jackson.